One of Akron's biggest recruiting rivals took a hit this week when Xavier coach Sean Miller accepted the head job at Arizona.
One player who verbally committed to Xavier already has said he will reopen his recruitment. J.D. Weatherspoon will consider Arizona, as well as the other schools, including Akron, that have offered him a scholarship.
The big prize, of course, is Adreian Payne, the No. 10 recruit in the nation who had visited Xavier. One would think that the Musketeers would fall off the pace in that battle.
Xavier also had interest in Allen Payne and Josh Sewell, two players to whom Akron had offered a scholarship.